We have almost made it through the last of outdoor allergy season. Ragweed has run its course in most of the U.S. while mold spores try to survive the declining temperatures of the Midwest and Northeast. Currently outdoor mold, weather changes and shared germs are leading factors in the escalation of cough, wheezing, runny nose and sinus congestion plaguing many of us. Although many areas of the country will soon see a dramatic decline in outdoor mold counts as the first hard frost approaches, the common cold virus is here to wreak havoc for several more months.
As a parent, I know there is nothing more frustrating than hearing your child cough all night. During the fall and winter months, the common cold virus is often the culprit responsible for upper respiratory tract infections and asthma attacks in adults and children. Stopping the cough becomes a main goal for surviving work, school and sleep time.
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Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN - ORAL Pronounced: (gwye-FEN-e-sin) Pediatric Cough & Cold Oral Uses
This combination product is used for the temporary
treatment of cough, stuffy nose, and sinus pain/pressure caused by infection
(such as the common cold, flu) or other breathing illnesses (such as hay fever,
bronchitis). This product contains a decongestant (such as pseudoephedrine,
phenylephrine) that works by narrowing the blood vessels to help relieve stuffy
nose symptoms and sinus pressure. This product also contains a non-narcotic
cough suppressant (such as dextromethorphan, chlophedianol). It affects a
certain part of the brain (cough center) to help you stop coughing. Talk with
your doctor before using this product for a chronic cough from smoking or a
cough with too much/thick mucus.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold s...
Q: What is Zicam and how does it work? A: Zicam is an over-the-counter product that contains zinc and is used to reduce both the duration and the severity of the common cold. According to the manufacturer, Zicam works best when used or taken within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of common cold symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion or coughing. Q: Is Zicam a drug? Zicam was not approved by the FDA as a drug and it was not marketed as a drug. Zicam's manufacturer, Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., marketed Zicam as a homeopathic remedy. Q: Does Zicam actually work? A: There have been some studies done that showed that zinc products such as Zicam have reduced the length of a person's cold by one day, when it did show benefit. However, there is no conclusive evidence that Zicam, or similar products, actually works. Q: Why did the FDA issue a warning about Zicam? A: The product may damage or destroy a person's sense of smell, according to the FDA. It is a condition called anosmia . Since...
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